ak's geekshow
Thursday, October 09, 2003
 
Camino sucks. Camino really sucks. I had almost finished a very nice posting for my weblog, and then I hit some obscure keys on the keyboard, and Camino goes back in the browser history. When I go back (forward, actually) again, all my text is vanished! All hail Safari, Camino burn in hell, even when the non-lo-fi interface of Blogger.com doesn't work with Safari.

Anyway, today I fully listened to the "no code" album by Pearl Jam, which I bought two days ago. It really rocks, and it contains songs that I previously only knew from the "live on two legs" album or the "touring band 2000" DVD. Very nice, indeed.

Tomorrow, 3 Feet Smaller will have their very first concert of the "Punk is dead and we killed it" tour 2003 at Posthof in Linz. I'm already excited, since I have seen them only 10 times so far and the last time was less than two months ago. ;-) After that tour, they will go to studio, recording their third album.
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
 
Work can be fun. Yes, indeed. Work is especially fun when one has achieved something big (at work), or finished some work that took a long time. I currently have this feeling, somehow, that work is fun. Of course, work is only fun when it doesn't too much of a day's time. This is really interesting. Until, I think, a few months ago, work began to get boring and exhausting. But now: gone. Of course, I never work much longer than expected from me. I really do not want to completely exhaust myself just for work. Don't interpret this as me being lazy. I do my share of work. And the right dose of work is fun. Most of the time, at least.
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
 
Getting EUR 100,-- "for free" to spend them on a bunch of DVDs and CDs is fun. :-)
Thursday, October 02, 2003
 
As time goes by...

Finally, the paper about LDAP that I had to write at work is (mostly) finished, which makes me really glad, since now I can work on other things, which makes work much more interesting and enjoyable. Last weekend, I've been out with some friends, but then met some foreign students, whom I joined. I was out until, I don't know, 5 am, and I was kinda wasted at the end. Well, anyway, 'twas great fun, meeting new people. And even better when you met them the next day, too. ;-)

Unfortunately, I didn't really have a lot of time to continue work on my NIDS, which should be finished in a few weeks, at least before 20C3, so that I have something that I can work on and that I can present in the one or another way (no, definitely not a 1-hour presentation).

On tuesday (I think), I bought a really nice record, called "live in Mexiko" by the famous (muhahaha) Austrian band Heinz. It's a live album (as it says in the title), but they didn't play it in Mexico (they shout "Good evening, Munich!" after the first song), and, well, catchy melodies, funny and interesting lyrics, which somehow remind me of the old Tocotronic lyrics. Not so abstract as the newer ones, but instead telling some kind of story or just ranting about something. I especially like Hardrock Cafe. I will try to translate the lyrics:


Saturday evening in the Hardrock Cafe
my eyes hurt and my ears
you all lost because you're here

The idea with the T-shirts
I don't find it OK
But you're running around with them proud
I'm getting sick when I see you

In every city of this world
You stand there like appointed
and you don't even notice
that the hardrock is missing from this cafe


Wow. A great rant about that Hardrock Cafe stuff.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
 
Work is tiresome, especially when you don't really like it. Nevertheless, it has to be done, and greater times will come. This both applies to my "real" work, and to the stuff I'm currently doing for the cinderella rewrite. Especially the dynamic loader stuff is not very interesting, but has to be done, hopefully today. Then the module management, and the configuration file handling should be refined (currently, it's really, really, really ugly, I should've better taken libowfat functions), and then the first tests can be done. I'm already excited, because the whole piece of software will have been rewritten and translated from Ruby to C without ever testing it at least once during the rewrite phase. I bet that it will horribly crash the first time I start it. Yeah, that's going to be fun! ;-) Anyway, more than a week ago, I thought that the rewrite would take me 5 days. And I was wrong. ;-) But that's how software development works, you say a time that you think you will need, and then you need longer, a lot longer than expected.
Sunday, September 21, 2003
 
On friday, I've been to the demonstration against software patents in Vienna. About 300 other people have been there, too. It's been really great, and the paranoia of the Austrian patent office was really funny: there was security personell, watching what we were doing, and all names on the front door were replaced by "K. Mustermann" (comparable to something like "John Doe").
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
 
Finally, I got my nightvision device. It's pretty cool, and works extremely well. I think I will test it more thoroughly at the weekend. Today I also continued rewriting cinderella in C. I already have 600 lines of C code, which was easily translated. When I continue my work in the next few days, I think I'll be finished by the end of the week (hopefully). And then: bugsquashing! ;-)

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